At Press Conference in Toledo, Democrats Call Out Romney for Opposing Auto Rescue
TOLEDO – Today, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern, State Representative Michael Ashford, 5th District Congressional candidate Angela Zimmann and Lucas County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler stood in front of a podium sign reading, “Romney: Let Jeep Die” and held a press conference in Toledo to highlight Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s out-of-touch record when it comes to manufacturing and the auto industry. The event followed Mitt Romney’s appearance at American Posts LLC in Toledo.
The Ohio Democrats opened the event by pointing to comments made by Romney earlier in the day in which he said, “I gotta push a button. That’ll be my heavy-lift in terms of manufacturing.”
“How out-of-touch can Mitt Romney possibly be?” Lucas County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler asked. “Mitt Romney simply does not understand the struggles that blue-collar manufacturing workers and middle-class Ohio families face every single day. And if he thinks that he can swoop into Lucas County and press a button and somehow relate to hard-working Ohioans, then he is sorely mistaken.”
State Representative Mike Ashford of Toledo talked about the autoworkers he represents and the autoworkers across America. “Since President Obama stood up for the auto industry, more than 1.4 million jobs have been saved, 200,000 created and more than 150,000 expected in the next few years. And Chrysler will soon invest $500 million in the Jeep plant, right here in my district.”
Ashford invited Mitt Romney to visit the Jeep plant and meet his constituents to hear how the auto industry has been helped through the rescue efforts that he opposed.
5th District Congressional Candidate Angela Zimmann slammed her Republican opponent, Congressman Bob Latta, for voting against the auto rescue.
“This region of Ohio runs on cars,” Zimmann said. “The auto industry runs in our blood. But if Bob Latta had his way, our auto industry would not exist as it does today. It’s a real slap in the face that he thinks we won’t remember how he voted against our autoworkers.”
“When more than a million American jobs were on the line, Mitt Romney said that we should just sit back and let the auto industry go bankrupt,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern added. “Let me be clear: Mitt Romney would have let Jeep die. When Mitt Romney said we should let the auto industry go bankrupt, he told thousands of Jeep workers and their families to get lost. He owes the people of Toledo and Northwest Ohio an explanation why.”